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Old 09-28-2005, 06:32 AM   #1  
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Default AirNet and flying cargo

For all of you freight dogs out there...I have an interview on Tuesday with AirNet and I am really excited. Does anyone work for them or know of how AirNet is to work for. I have heard really good things and just want to learn a little more.

Also, with the passenger airlines going as they a downward spiral. Is cargo the best way to go right now? I am a CFI nearing a 1000 hrs, and I want to make the best career move for myself at this time, without regretting my decision.

Thanks, Pilot 82.
Old 09-29-2005, 10:48 PM   #2  
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Good luck with your interview!

AirNet is a good place to work! We have issues like most other places, but over all it' good. Pay & benefits are decent, maintenance is very good.

Flying freight at night is a little different than passenger flying. For one the schedule is not for everyone. Single pilot IFR at night is not for everyone, either. You will see a lot of weather.
If you get hired (if you have your 135 time, it shouldn't be a problem) it will be a good place to find out if this something for you or not.

If you don't like it, it's not too hard to find a job elswhere.

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Old 09-30-2005, 01:00 PM   #3  
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Default AirNet again.

LR35 pilot....what is actual upgrade to the lear they are saying about 10-12 mnths. is that accurate? and about how much does a PIC prop pilot make a year?
Old 09-30-2005, 01:02 PM   #4  
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Good luck with your interview, I interviewed with them a year ago and got hired into the Navajo that I was currentley however buy the time I heard back I was in the Metro building turbine PIC so I turned them down. I can say I have nothing bad to say about them.

IFlyFR8 is right about the schedule. I currently fly night IFR and it is work and alot of perservance is required. However you'll be respected more in the aviation industry and build a some character if you will. You'll have alot of weather conditions that some airline pilots never experience. For example, I talked to one pilot with Champion Air and he said he's never experienced landing in a +/- 25 knot windshear environment. I can't say its something I recommend however enjoy and cherish the experiences you've learned cause they will come in handy down the road.

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Old 10-01-2005, 04:58 AM   #5  
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Default Air Net or Citation III co pilot?

I was just offered a spot on a citation III co pilot seat out in las vegas and I do not know what would be more beneficial? AirNet experience or flying right seat in a Citation III. Only drawback is, company wants me to pay for the type rating.

Just wondering what anyone thought about this and if you thought it was worth the extra money to do so?
Old 10-01-2005, 05:29 AM   #6  
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Default PIC vs SIC time

I'm by no means as experienced as some of he other members but i'd stay where i can log PIC time (especially ME PIC time...)...That would help you more than SIC time...

Just my 2cents worth...
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Old 10-01-2005, 09:48 AM   #7  
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Pilot 82 whats the upgrade time to left seat in the citation? are they making you pay for a type rating or just right seat ops? what you might want to ask them if they are willing to finance your training. my training cost ... 8 - 10 grand? thats ballpark. i didnt have that much on me but my company said i could pay them 2 grand and work off the rest at like 200 - 300 every pay period. It works out and plus they gave it to me interest free. I only did the right seat training but when i go back for the type rating its on their tab. Is the C3 company worth working for? Flying a citation is fun and its great to get experience in a jet but there is always other ways to get jet experience. If you can work for one company like AirInc for a long period (say 4 years) and you are constantly upgrading it will look great on a resume. If you are thinking about going to the citation job and jumping ship ASAP for a better deal... you might be better off at AirInc. Airlines (not an expert on this but i have heard) like to see people who stay with one company and continue to upgrade. I dont know much about AirInc but a 12 month upgrade to the jet sounds almost too good to be true. Hell are they still hiring? haha j/k

Old 10-01-2005, 02:44 PM   #8  
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Take the night freight. I am guessing you will get the turbine pic much quicker. Don't overlook all of the contacts you will meet flying night freight. Those will be the guys that get hired first. Many times in this industry it is who you know. UPS and FedEx hire almost exclusively from recs.
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Old 10-01-2005, 07:44 PM   #9  
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Sounds like going the freight way and having that PIC time and meeting people is the best way to go even though I would be passing up Citation 3 time.

Anymore input would be appreciated. I hope I will be at AirNet soon then....
Old 10-05-2005, 06:17 AM   #10  
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Don't accept the Vegas C-III job if it is PFT. If it is the job I've seen posted on, you DEFINATELY don't want it.

You'll never regret your time at AirNet. I interviewed there but didn't get the job, however I have nothing but good things to say about the way I was treated and the appearance of how they run their operation.

Good luck!
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